The full title for the sequel to the popular movie adaptation of Goosebumps has been revealed. As confirmed by a promo image for the upcoming film, the official title of Goosebumps 2 is now known to be Goosebumps: Horrorland.
The original Goosebumps film managed to be that rare example of a popular book series-turned movie that managed to please both young and fans of the original property, when it was released in theaters back in 2015. Much praise was given to how classic Goosebumps characters such as Slappy the evil dummy, as well as umpteen other assorted monsters, were directly sourced from the books by R.L. Stine. Jack Black was also singled out for praise with his affectionately grouchy version of Stine himself.
Along with other promo artwork for such upcoming movies as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jurassic World 2, and other Universal and Sony films, the Goosebumps sequel title and artwork comes from License Global magazine. You can check out the promo image in full below (via Coming Soon):
While it was originally scheduled to arrive in January 2018, Goosebumps: Horrorland now has a September 2018 release date instead. The first film was a success in both the critical and financial sense, grossing $150 million on a $58 million budget. So it's no surprise that most of the original cast and crew are involved with this follow-up. Both director Rob Letterman and screenwriter Darren Lemke are returning for the Goosebumps sequel, with Deborah Forte (The Golden Compass) and Neal H. Moritz (22 Jump Street) also back as producers. Jack Black is also set to reprise his role as Stine, as his literary monsters invade the real world again.
Interestingly, the subtitle of Horrorland suggest that its setting may be tied into Stine's spin-off series from the original books, which was a break in tradition as it allowed existing monsters to crossover in overlapping stories, rather than just one-off tales. The reference to Horrorland itself also suggest that the location will be an amusement park, similar to the one depicted in those stories. The original film did feature an overgrown park in the nearby woodland, close to the main characters. Will that be a linking plot device? Slappy was also featured heavily in the Horrorland books ("Return of the Living Dummy"), so that could indicate his involvement in the sequel as well. Along with Black, it also seems likely that Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush will return as Zach and Stine’s daughter Hannah, which would continue the storyline and themes nicely from where the first film ended.
At the moment there is no synopsis, and the promo art gives nothing away beyond the title itself, but hopefully the filmmakers can capture the fun and scares of the first outing, and we look forward to more details being released.
Source: Coming Soon
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